Pleasant Hill Elementary School

Special Education Team


Cassandra Garza is from  Minnesota, but resided in the Rio Grande Valley (South Texas) for the past 15+ years. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology at the University of Texas-Pan American, completed the leveling program for Communication Sciences and Disorders at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, and currently is completing her Master's in Special Education online through the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  This is her first year employed with AISD and is the Life Skills teacher. She moved to Austin with her husband at the beginning of July.  They love Austin and have many friends that live here; so it's made the transition so much easier.  They don't have any children yet, but hope to start a family next year.  She enjoys doing things outdoors like hiking, swimming, and paddle boarding.  Since they’re new to the area, they enjoy discovering new places to go out to.  In her downtime, she likes to stay home and watch movies with her husband.  She also enjoys hanging out with friends.



Libandy Mora is originally from Colombia and lived there until she went to college. She graduated with a Special Education degree from Brigham Young University, which is located in Provo, Utah. Currently, she has the opportunity to work with students in small groups as a Bilingual Special Education Teacher. This will be her 3rd year at Pleasant Hill. She has been teaching in Austin Independent School District for eight year. During those years, she had the privilege to serve students in grades 1st through 5th in different specialized programs such as SCORES and Bilingual Resource. During the summer, she usually relaxes at home with her two children. WIth her son they enjoy watching movies together, but her daughter prefers to make fluffy slime. She also enjoys reading fiction, especially vampire books or comics. She is looking forward to this year bringing lots of rewarding experiences and the desire in our students to continue learning.




Luanne Tinnin has been teaching at Pleasant Hill for 11 years and enjoys every year.  She works with students who are experiencing learning difficulties.  Her goal in the resource classroom is to teach the students what they need, so that they can be successful in the general education classroom. Luanne’s teaching degree is from the University of Guam.  During her time in Guam, she met people from all over the world and learned about so many different cultures.  She has lived in many places, but have called Austin home for 30 years.  She has two grown daughters and one fabulous granddaughter.She enjoys reading happy novels, watching science fiction movies, and making colorful quilts.